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Foreign Secretary condemns bombings in Yemen

Foreign Secretary William Hague reiterates UK’s support for Yemen’s political transition and its fight against terrorism.

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Responding to this morning’s attacks on Yemen’s Defence Ministry, the Foreign Secretary William Hague said:

I condemn in the strongest terms the horrific attacks on the Defence Ministry in Sana’a today that have caused so many deaths, including medical staff and patients in the Ministry’s hospital. I send my condolences to the families of those killed and injured and offer my support to President Hadi.

The UK is committed to supporting Yemen’s political transition and to helping its fight against terrorism. Instability in Yemen prevents reforms which are crucial to improve the lives of Yemeni people who are suffering in the face of enormous insecurity and humanitarian crises.

As the UN Security Council reiterated just last month, all those attempting to disrupt Yemen’s political transition will face serious measures. In a region which has seen huge instability and violence, Yemen’s progress so far has been commendable and we must not allow this process to fail.

Our Embassy in Sana’a remains at a high state of vigilance. We have been advising British Nationals to leave Yemen since March 2011 and we continue to advise against all travel to the country.

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Published 5 December 2013